Cespedes Free To Negotiate With MLB Teams – Wrigley Field 1/27/12

Posted on 27 January 2012 by Lou

Yoenis Cespedes is now eligible to negotiate with MLB teams.  Cespedes, a Cuban defector, has established legal residency in the Dominican Republic.  Cespedes must still obtain an “unblocking license” from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control since he has established residency in a different country as a Cuban defector.

It is believed that the Cubs and White Sox, as well as the Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers are all highly interested in Cespedes.  But given the Cubs unwillingness to make an aggressive play for either Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder – who both have a proven track record in the major leagues, I find it hard to believe that the Cubs will really make a strong play to sign the free agent.  Guess we’ll have to wait and see…

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